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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:

      -showui

      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve

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  1. Thank you :-)
  2. I guess the concern might be that they were being spotted and incoming arty would be the next thing.
  3. But... Turned back from. MG fire. ....umm?
  4. Bananas. I'm surprised a Donbass Batt unit would hold back - my impression was that they are pretty hard-charging.
  5. Same difference But you are correct in correcting my incorrect description.
  6. Wasn't it Douglas Adams who suggested that presidents (galactic, in his book) etc should be automatically jailed upon inauguration, so that they rule from their jail cell? The point being that they *Will* be corrupt, that even wanting to become (galactic) President means you're corrupt and to actually succeed you would *have* to break the law? So just serve the sentence concurrently with your term. Tbc, I'm. Not taking a dig at any one nation - it's a comment on politicians in general. Ireland has its fair share of greasy handed, thieving little bastards,
  7. Perfect.
  8. note - imageshack converts BMPs so PNG (these).
  9. Another year, another UI. Flat, white/black, inspired by BF4. DB LINK WIP. Buttons not complete. Front End mod only (so far). KP
  10. Oooooohhhh kayyyyyyyyyy.... There's whole reddit/4chan forums for this kind of stuff. JK can often find interesting nuggets, but this is quickly descending into the rabbit hole of nonsense...
  11. Good points. But let's say the amazing happens - China is distracted/disavows NK, say after NK attacks/sinks a smaller US warship, or conducts a serious cyber warfare attack. Whichever. What US military technology could enable it to inflict massive damage, with minimal ground pounding? Missiles, PGM. A LOT of them. SK would lose a lot of civilians but its economy would not be in a shambles - it would take a dive, but after the first week of constant US missile strike suppression on anything that moves/fires north of the DMZ, the North's ability to further damage Seoul would be heavily curtailed. The strategic approach would be a hyper air/missile war, Gulf War 2 x10, with the objective being to degrade the internal military structure. Its probable the NK would require two separate, successive wars. First to degrade it internally and provide for much greater infiltration/surveillance. Then a second war to full decapitate/crush it. I agree, US absolutely should not move troops north. But it has the technology and military infrastructure to fight an entire war from a distance, if the sole and stated aim is to severely degrade, not conquer. Naturally, the big question is the nuclear threat. But give the US another 5 years, with double/tripling of its BMD research efforts and it would achieve Damn good odds of interception. I'd bet on the US. If it did go full on, the sheer industrial power and technological gap would guarantee its victory.
  12. For the giggles of it, let's muse about an actual NK war. Essentially, I suspect that the only way for the US to "win" a NK war is by a gigantic, overwhelming, accurate, stand-off surprise attack. US would need to 0)Get SK on board 1)Protect SK 2)Prevent/negate NK counter attack 3)foment widespread rebellion/chaos within NK. Only missiles, PGM provide the necessary ability to strike from afar. US would need to map/pinpoint 80%(say) of the artillery in range of Seoul, and destroy it with 30 minutes. Then monitor and destroy anything that fires/moves within 10km of the border. Simultaneously, strike every single identified piece of the NK surface command structure, from the top to local town level - police, military, civilian, media/propaganda, nuclear, - continuously and incessantly. You'd still be missing the majority of critical C&C infrastructure hidden inside mountains, but you'd startvdisconnecting the general populace from the government. Probably best to hit coastal areas the hardest. You'd need tens of thousands of missiles. The initial NK civilian cost would be enormous (say, 50K?) with it rapidly increasing from the breakdown of food infrastructure, military crackdown, internal chaos. Its hard to find a particularly solid reason to initiate such a strike, but it would have to be a surprise.
  13. Glassing is mil/sci fi slang for using an extreme force/laser/weapon on a terrestrial target, to the point that the area of the planet surface target is heated to such a degree that the very bedrock becomes glass like. A classic example would be from Dan Simmons "Hyperion Cantos". In the final AI invasion an entire, heavily populated planet is "glassed" from orbit, the AI warships methodical gridding the planet until every square mile had been stripped to bedrock and that strata superheated to superlava. Since the atmosphere was also stripped away, the planet, once it cooled, had the albedo of a black marble.
  14. Yah exactly. Very odd. Its as if the driver charged forward, then orders came through to return to the MRAPS.
  15. My angle (not to disparage the tankers bravery) is that youre taking a chance with the convoy's primary defense asset, especially since ISIS etc have a habit of multiple waves of VBIED/Suicides.